Track & Field Dominates USC

The UCLA women will probably take over the #1 ranking by beating #1 USC in a close battle, while the Bruin men coast to an easy win...

The UCLA's Women and Men's track and field teams put on a dominating performance against the USC Trojans Saturday.

What was supposed to be another tight battle for both the women and men's teams never materialized as the No. 4 rated UCLA Women defeated the No. 1 ranked Trojans 111-92, while the UCLA Men routed USC 121-81 before 8,094 fans at Drake Stadium. Here is a recap of the triumphs of both UCLA squads, which established a number of new personal bests on the day.

UCLA Women:

What was supposed to be the end of the winning streaks (Bruins now 10-dual meet winning streak over USC and head coach Jeanette Bolden's now 68-0 record in dual meets) was anything but as the Bruins dominated the Trojans. UCLA won 12 of the 19 events on the day.

There were a number of outstanding field performances including sophomore Cari Soong with a first place meet record throw (209-1) in the hammer, a winning personal best in the shot put (54-10) by freshman Jessica Cosby, a season best and top discus throw (178-10) by junior Chaniqua Ross, and first place in the high jump (5-8 ¾) by senior Darnesha Griffith.

In the track events the Bruins once again got a number of great performances. Freshman Monique Henderson ran the third-fastest world time (51.33) this season in the 400 meters. In the 800 meters junior Tiffany Burgess ran a school record, personal best, and collegiate best winning time of 2:03.73. Sophomore Sheena Johnson won the 400m hurdles in a season and collegiate best time of 56.56. Johnson and Henderson also ran in the winning 4x400 meter relay with a season best time of 3:32.02, the fifth best time in school history.

Three other underclassmen made great impressions. Sophomore Lena Nilsson won the 1500 meters in 4:26.66 and finished second behind Burgess in the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.89, which turned out to be Nilsson's personal best, No. 2 collegiate best, and No. 2 in school history mark. Freshman Carolyn Shea and Alejandra Barrientos won the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:57.18) and 5000 meters (17:23.26) respectively.


The Bruin men spent the week prior to the meet staying very low-key trying not to build this meet up at all. Then came Saturday and the Bruins simply blew out the Trojans with a number of impressive performances. UCLA came out of the meet winning 14 of 19 events including top three sweeps in the javelin, shot put, discus, and 400 meter hurdles.

UCLA senior Michael Lipscomb won three events. Lipscomb won the 100 meters beating out both USC sprinters/football players, Darrell Rideaux and Sultan McCullough, with a time of 10.41. Lipscomb also won the 200 meters in 20.5 and was the anchor on the winning 4x400 meter relay (3:07.54) team. Bruin senior Scott Moser won a pair of events. In the Hammer, Moser set a personal best and No, 5 throw in school history with a toss of 210-11 1/2. Moser also won the discus with a season-best throw of 200-3.

In field events, sophomore Juaune Armon set a UCLA class record and personal best in winning the long jump with a leap of 26-3. Sophomore Dan Ames won the shot put with a throw of 63-4. Senior Octavious Gillespie won the javelin with a toss of 209-11.

In track events the one senior and a number of underclassmen picked up victories. Senior Bryan Green won the 5000 meters in 14:47.54. Freshman Ben Aragon set a personal best in winning the 1500 meters in 3:49.32. Sophomore Charles Ryan also set a personal best and set the No. 6 best time in school history in taking the 110 meter hurdles in 13.69. Junior Kyle Erickson set another personal best and the No.4 best time in school history in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 49.62. Sophomore Nick Thornton won the 800 meters in 1:52.06. Thornton and Erickson were also members of the winning 4x400 meter relay team.

The Bruins will compete at the Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Washington State, in Pullman, WA. The multi-events will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12. The team championships will take place May 18-19. The NCAA Championships, hosted by Louisiana State University, will take place May 29-June1 in Baton Rouge, LA.


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